The “Polar Vortex” is just one reason why New Jersey is suffering through one of its coldest winters yet. As we all know, driving in wintery conditions presents its own set of unique challenges. At your hometown Red Bank, NJ Nissan new car dealer, Nissan World of Red Bank, we take your safety seriously. That’s why we offer you the following expert advice that will help you drive more safely this frigid winter season.
- Prepare Your Car For Winter Driving Preparing your Nissan for winter driving goes beyond winter tires and snow chains. We consulted our skilled service techs at our Nissan World of Red Bank Auto Service Center, and they advise you to do the following to get your car ready for winter:
- Check antifreeze level. Do so when the engine is cold to avoid possible injury.
- Check tire pressure. Cold weather affects tire pressure. Inflate to recommended pressure found on a sticker affixed to the inside of the driver’s side door.
- Make sure brakes are in proper working condition. If you notice that your brakes feel “mushy,” or if you hear a high-pitched squeal when applying them, these could be signs of brake trouble. Take your Nissan to our Red Bank auto repair shop and let our pros check your brakes for you.
- Inspect lights and windshield wipers. Replace cracked or brittle windshield wipers with new ones. Ensure that all of your lights are working and replace burned-out bulbs accordingly.
- Check the battery. If you notice a buildup of corrosion on the terminals, you can easily clean this off with a stiff wire brush. Also, if your Nissan is hard to start, especially due to the colder weather, then take it into our car repair shop at Nissan World of Red Bank and let us inspect your electrical system.
- Check oil, transmission, power steering, and brake fluid. Be sure that you use the proper oil as specified in your Nissan owner’s manual. Dirty, low, or the wrong viscosity oil can lead to premature engine wear and rob your engine of power when you need it the most.
- Inspect your air filter. A dirty air filter affects performance and fuel economy. Replace it if necessary.
- Check belts and hoses for wear. Rubber is especially vulnerable to extreme swings in temperature. If your hoses feel hard and stiff, or if you notice soft spots, these are signs of trouble. Look for cracks or slick spots on belts. If you’re unsure, please take your car to Nissan World of Red Bank for a safety inspection.
- Slow down. This may seem pretty obvious. But we know that there are some people (certainly not you) who don’t appear to get the message. Start out slowly, avoid “jackrabbit” starts, and reduce your speed.
- Don’t drive when impaired or drowsy. Again, this is a no-brainer. However, it’s surprisingly easy to fall into bad habits. Remember that “buzzed” driving is impaired driving. You should also avoid driving when fatigued or overly tired. These are good ideas to follow regardless of the season, but especially during wintery or inclement weather.
- Don’t use your parking brake. The chilling cold can actually freeze up the parking brake cable, causing it to snap.
- Use your seatbelt. Statistics overwhelmingly show that wearing seatbelts save lives. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up. Also, check to see if your car seat is installed correctly. The safest place for children and infants is in the back seat.
- Be prepared. Carry emergency supplies with you. These should include a first aid kit and a roadside emergency kit that you can either create yourself or purchase. The emergency kit should include triangular reflective signs, flares, tow rope, small shovel, kitty litter, battery cables, tools (pliers, screwdrivers, socket wrench, adjustable wrench, pocketknife, etc.), extra blankets, flashlight, extra charged-up cell phone, snacks, water, reflective safety vest, gloves, can of tire inflator/sealant, paper towels, and ice scraper.
- Steer toward the direction of the skid. Take your foot off the gas and avoid jerking the steering wheel in the opposite direction of the skid.
- Stay with your vehicle. If you find yourself stranded by the side of the road, tie a bright cloth to your car’s antenna, and turn your interior lights on if at night.
- Don’t warm your car in the garage. Carbon monoxide can build up rapidly and seep into your home if you run your car’s engine in a confined space.
- Keep your gas tank full. Make sure you have at least a half-tank of gas in your car. This will help avoid the possibility of your gas line freezing up.
- Don’t use cruise control. Using cruise control during winter weather or blizzard conditions simply doesn’t make sense as it reduces your control of the vehicle.
- Check the weather. If it looks like Mother Nature is going to wallop the East Coast with a wintery blast, try to avoid driving if it all possible. If you do have to go out, make sure that someone knows your planned route and when you plan to arrive.
- Don’t power up hills and keep rolling. Trying to gun your engine to get up a hill only makes things worse. You’ll just spin your wheels and possibly roll backward. Gradually build up speed going up hills and then reduce your speed when you get to the top of the hill. Also, try to keep your car rolling, rather than coming to a complete stop, if you can do so safely. It’s easier to keep moving instead of trying to start from a dead stop.
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Stop by our conveniently located New Jersey Nissan dealership at 120 Newman Springs Road, Red Bank, NJ 07701. Or call us today at 877-738-5443.